John Hackett  

Spokes by John Hackett

October 2019 - Spokes

About the Image(s)

This is really just an image of shadows. The subject is an old three wheeled car, probably a Morgan. I was fascinated by the shadows of the spokes of the spare wheel on the paintwork of the curved car body.

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6 comments posted

Dick Perkins   Dick Perkins
John: AS always, art is in the mind of the beholder. And I fear that my mind has not fully tuned to this image.But I greatly respect your view of the subject and your intent to share.   Posted: 10/06/2019 23:13:13

Sheldon Wecker   Sheldon Wecker
I can see why the patern of shadows caught your eye. The spoke shadows lead my eye into the brighter part of the image. I wonder if the effect might be enhanced by increasing the contrast between the dark spokes and the bright green paint, and taking the upper left corner to black. I'd also consider cropping from the right to decrease the large shadow area. For me, all that negative space throws the balance of the image off.   Posted: 10/07/2019 06:28:52

Joe Kennedy   Joe Kennedy
John, I, too, have been captivated by a scene in which the camera came out and I fired away. Sometimes in retrospect the original feeling is not there. I do like the patterns created by the spokes but it's the other areas within the frame that take away from it - the red swatch on the left; the darker regions lower right and the large dark splotch in the upper. I'm with Dick on this one.   Posted: 10/07/2019 14:20:12

Peter Elliston   Peter Elliston
I can see why you took this as it is intriguing. I like the pattern of the shadows and the dust if it is that on the bottom left. As a composition it could be stronger and I agree about the red distraction top left. What you really need is to photograph a spider, enlarge it up and add it and then you would have a truly terrifying image!   Posted: 10/08/2019 12:25:46

Glenn Rudd   Glenn Rudd
My comments mirror those of Dick Perkins. I do think the impact could be improved by cropping out the red. Also, there are some white distracting white artifacts. The texture and shadows are interesting.   Posted: 10/11/2019 15:41:08

John Hackett   John Hackett
Thank you for all your comments. Sometimes the things that appeal to me are a bit like Marmite. You love it or hate it.   Posted: 10/14/2019 05:49:31